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Weekend at Cinque Terre - BA to Bologna - Airbus 320-200

Sat Oct 22, 2016 8:45 pm

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Hello Anet'ters. We had an economy companion voucher with Avios and needed to use it soon. Cinque Terre was a choice of destination for a while and it so happened that the flight to and from Bologna had redemption availability as well as great timings. So here we go.

15K points (since this was peak time) + GBP 70 (tax) for 2 return tickets. So net discount was for 15K points.

Thanks to GCMaps for the map illustrations below:

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Online Checking in was as usual - slick and easy.

British Airways – BA544
Route: LHR - BLQ
Flight Reg:G-EUYT; Delivered to British Airways on Feb 2014.
Aircraft Type: Airbus 320-200
Seat: 13A
Flight time: 20:20 - 23:25 (20:50 - 23:41)
Actual flight time: 1 Hr 51 Min
Distance: 724 Miles
Load: 70% load
14th October 2016
My Log book: 17th Flight on BA/ 23rd flight on Airbus 320-200/ 120th Total overall flight


Drive into Heathrow wasn't too bad considering it was a Friday evening. Took an hour in spite of a minor accident on the M25. We used the pod parking and it was brilliant! Using it the first time and this has to be the best way to park at Heathrow. More details in my video (more details about my video later on. Sad story :(). But overall the experience was flawless and seamless.

Our ride from the Pod Parking to T5 - The Awesome PODS!
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T5 was relatively quiet. Check-in was quick and courteous although the self-check in did not work since our passport details on our file was our previous nationality passport. Strange. Nevertheless, post check in security was done in 5 minutes. Airside with over an hour to spare.

T5 Check-in gates
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Self-Check-in - did not work properly as oour passport details on file were incorrect
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Is it busy today?
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Checking the fids our flight seemed to be delayed by 20 minutes. New departure time 20 40.

T5 on a Friday Evening
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FIDS at T5
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I like this new bottle re-filler at T5. Not seen it before
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Flight delay stated due to late arrival of the aircraft from Copenhagen.

Quick dinner before boarding
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Once boarding commenced it was quick and efficient. There were quite a few priority boarding passengers.

Even with the delay boarding completed by 20 25. Great work by the ground staff.

Boarding gates at T5 for our flight to Bologna
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As expected exceptional announcements from the flight deck. Apologising for the slight delay and explaining that the delay was due to "special handling of a passenger on the previous flight to Copenhagen, creating a domino effect." Hmmm. Wonder what that might've been.


Once on board, the aircraft was spotlessly clean. Once great effort by the team for a swift turnaround.

Decent leg room for a 2 hour flight
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View from the seat
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Disembarked the gate at 20 31. Airborne at 20 50.

Pretty light load today to bologna. Around 70%.

Flight time of an hour and 50 minutes announced.

Once airborne, drinks and snacks service commenced in 30 minutes. Full bar service and snacks on this flight to bologna. Small perks but we'll appreciated. Not sure for how long though.

Just after take off
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Interior shot of G-EUYT
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Cabin crew once again were eloquent. Courteous and warm.

Rest of the flight was uneventful barring a few spots of turbulence. But towards the last 10 minutes, just before landing, it took a turn to the worse with some terrible turbulence. The little A320 did well and special mention to the crew from the flight deck. Ace job!

F&B On board to Bologna
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Just before the start of the turbulence
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Landed at 23 41.



After a turbulent 10 minutes before landing, finally landed and greeted to wet and windy weather
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Baggage collection at Bologna
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Long queue at immigration. But seemed to move quite quickly. We were out of the airport and into our rental car within 30 minutes of landing. Looking forward to our weekend at Cinque Terre.

Just before exiting Bologna Airport - Welcome to Italy!
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The weekend was short, but sweet, and before we knew it, it was time to get back to London.

British Airways – BA545
Route: BLQ - LHR
Flight Reg:G-MIDX; a 16 year old Airbus 320-100, An Ex-BMI Aircraft. Transferred to BA in Nov 2012
Aircraft Type: Airbus 320-200
Seat: 17A
Flight time: 19:00 - 20:20 (19:19 - 20:04)
Actual flight time: 1 Hr 45 Min
Distance: 724 Miles
Load: Full load
16th October 2016
My Log book: 18th Flight on BA/ 24th flight on Airbus 320-200/ 121st Total overall flight


Checked in online the previous day. As previous experiences, seamless and hassle-free.

Bologna Airport on a bright autumn day
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Few options to eat and drink at the airport.

Bag drop at check in desks lasted exactly 30 seconds. Was very quick. Security was quick too. Airside in less than 10 minutes.

Bologna airport was fuming. Don't think they were expecting it to be warm and hence the air conditioning seemed to be turned off

BA Check in counters at Bologna
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Touch screen airport info at Bologna
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About to enter security check at Bologna
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Bologna Duty Free
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G-MIDX - Almost reached Bologna
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There is our ride back to London - A 16 year old Ex-BMI Airbus 320-200
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Plane spotting at Bologna
Turkish A321-100
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Meridiana Mad Dog MD83
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Time to Board
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Boarding commenced at 18 30 but was quite slow. The usual gold premier members boarded first followed by the rest of the passengers. Boarding completed at 18 55.

Full flight to Heathrow. Bit of a scuffle for hand luggage space.

Boarding G-MIDX
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Before boarding
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Flight deck announcements. An hour and 55 minutes flight time reported. A bit of a delay at ATC at bologna. Disembarked gates at 19 08.

Airborne at 19 20.

Once again top marks for a clean aircraft, warm welcome and succinct announcements.

G-MIDX - Interior shot
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FnB on the way back
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As the flight into bologna, drinks was served within 30 minutes of being airborne. Once again a full bar service (with fever tree tonic :)) and snacks being served on this flight.

Being an older aircraft no overhead entertainment screen on this aircraft. I liked it with the flight map.

Rest of the flight uneventful in the best possible way. Continuously being updated by the flight deck. Very good smiling service. Not much they could've done on this short sector. BA might be one of the best intra Europe perhaps second to Aegean.

Landed at 20 05.

Parked in a remote stand. Bussed to the terminal.

Immigration and bag retrieval was quick and we were out of the airport in less than an hour.

Back home at T5
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T5 Baggage Area
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Once again took the amazing Pods to the car parking terminal. During the last leg of this trip, not sure what happened to me. I have NEVER ever lost anything to-date! And here I go, I Lost my Go Pro at the Parking Pods :(

It was only 2 months old.

First time I've ever lost anything.! Totally gutted! Lost all the footage for the trip (Only flight and airport related)

Ah well. Lesson learnt.! :(

Verdict

Great show by BA on this short weekend trip. Could not expect more and all the flights were clean and well kept. I think the pilots did an exceptional job given how windy and rainy it was in Bologna the time we landed.

Except for the GoPro malarkey at the end, we had a great trip.

Hope you like the photos for the weekend. Keep the trip reports coming. Happy and safe flying.
Adios!


Sights and sounds of our trip

Our ride for the trip - the Little 500 - Cinqucento for Cinqueterre
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Riomaggiore - Cinque Terre
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Vernazza - Cinque Terre
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Vernazza
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Sunset at Vernazza
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Views from Our stay at La Spezia
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Cats:)
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Ferrari Museum
Wowzers! Enzo!
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One day!
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Dreary view from our dreary Bologna Airport Hotel
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Previous Trip Reports

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Re: Weekend at Cinque Terre - BA to Bologna - Airbus 320-200

Sat Oct 22, 2016 9:27 pm

Excellent report, though sad that you had lost your GoPro.

Nice to see British AIrways serving Chilean Wine! Was it a good one?
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Re: Weekend at Cinque Terre - BA to Bologna - Airbus 320-200

Sat Oct 22, 2016 9:38 pm

Thanks NearMiss.
Ah well, tough luck about the GoPro. Thanks for your comments.
Yeah, both the wines on offer were very good. The Chilean one was to my liking.

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